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Mitch Albom, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. Review.

3D-frankie-e1439344972792The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto starts off a little slowly as the narrator gets themself established. Considering that the narrator is music itself, this isn’t an easy task but it does make for a little of a slow burn. If anyone can pull it off, it’s Albom whose previous successes give him some leeway.

It’s like when JK Rowling spent pages and pages describing all the departments in the Ministry of Magic describing everything. It didn’t progress the storyline but by that point, no one was censoring her. Frankie Presto is a much shorter story than any Harry Potter could be, however.

Music, our narrator, is at the funeral of one of its beloved musicians, one of, if not the best one that there has been, Frankie Presto. A Spanish documentary is being made about Presto and the story cuts back and forth from Frankie’s childhood to his end. The book is full of cameos from all sorts of famous people such as Lyle Lovett, Duke Ellington, and Wynton Marsalis who either provide their best story or featuring in Frankie’s progress.

With such powerful emotions and dramatic tellings, long-time musician Albom keeps the telling sparse but appropriately wrapped in musical metaphors.

It’s a beautifully told story and I read it in one day. Highly recommended.

Downloaded from NetGalley.

New books and more books

I write a fair proportion of my posts about books and one of the ways I obtain my reading material is from Netgalley. For bloggers and reviewers, this is a site where publishers provide books.

You request, you get approved or not, and if the former you get to access the book in the hope that you will provide feedback.

To my great dismay, I have been consistently rejected by Harlequin books for the last few months. I haven’t read that kind of romance for years but I’ve now become determined to review as many books as I can on the site so they will finally approve me. I love a challenge.

Anyway, tangents aside, here’s a link to their latest tumblr post and a copy of their book which includes 28 excerpts of new spring and summer releases.

I aim to read this and recommend some interesting new books but I don’t trust that I will remember to do it so here’s the link: http://netgalley.tumblr.com/post/42372307387/read-now-on-netgalley-buzz-books-2013-shares.